Mayor of Leesburg, Virginia

“Laura and I rooted our family in Leesburg because it is an incredible place to live, work, and receive an education. As someone who knows first hand what kind of leadership and commitment to service is required to make sure our community continues to be a great place to raise a family, I am proud to support Kelly Burk for mayor. I am confident Kelly will work hard to keep our local economy strong and welcoming for all.”

Attorney General Mark Herring


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Town of Leesburg Fills Key Staff Positions
New Assistant Zoning Administrator, Preservation Planner, and Urban Forester began with the Town in December.
Leesburg, VA (January 17, 2019) – The Town of Leesburg filled several key staff positions during December 2018.

Robert Walton has stepped into the role of Assistant Zoning Administrator, filling the vacancy created by Michael Watkins’ promotion. Walton comes to Leesburg from Fauquier County where he was the Zoning Administrator. He was hired by Fauquier County in 2011 as a Senior Planner and was promoted to Chief of Zoning and Development Services before taking over the Zoning Administrator position in 2017. Previously, he worked for Loudoun County and a private engineering firm in Manassas, Virginia. Walton holds a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. As Assistant Zoning Administrator, Walton will oversee the Town’s zoning enforcement program.

Lauren Murphy is the Town’s new Preservation Planner. Prior to joining the Town of Leesburg, Murphy spent over two years with the Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization where she worked on the urban revitalization of Reston and the creation of the newly endorsed Guidelines for Development in the Reston Transit Station Areas. Previous positions include historic preservation and community outreach specialist for Loudoun County and as senior planner for the Town of Purcellville. While with the Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning, her outreach work on the Joint Architectural Review Board Awards program was recognized by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC). Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Urban Affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In her new position, Murphy will serve as staff liaison to the Board of Architectural Review and will work with residents and property owners in the Old & Historic District.

Tyler Wright has filled the newly re-aligned position of Urban Forester and Landscape Specialist, now located in the Department of Public Works and Capital Projects. Originally from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Wright spent the last six years as the Lead Urban and Community Forester for the Texas Trees Foundation in Dallas, Texas. Prior to moving to Texas, he worked for the cities of Spokane and Seattle, Washington, as well as in the private and non-profit sector in Washington and North Carolina. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. As the Town’s Urban Forester, Wright’s initial projects will include a digitized and updated urban tree canopy anaylsis, a public tree inventory, and iTree Eco research study.
“All three of these positions have a direct impact on the quality of life for Leesburg’s residents,” noted Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler. “Rob, Lauren, and Tyler all bring impressive experience from other communities with them to their new roles, and our residents will benefit from that knowledge.”

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WINTER STORM GIA: BRIEFING #6 01-14-19: 1:00P.M. _____________________________________

FORECAST / CURRENT CONDITIONS/GENERAL NOTES: • Air Temperature: 33 degrees. • Snow Emergency Routes were lifted in the downtown at 6:00a.m. this morning. • Town Government is open with Unscheduled Leave Status for employees. • Loudoun County Public Schools are closed today. • Trash collection for NW has been delayed until Tuesday with no change to the remainder of the week’s schedule. DEPARTMENT STATUS: Airport: • Runway was reopened at 8:45a.m. this morning. • Staff continues to clean-up areas of the ramp and taxiways
Parks and Recreation: • Recreation Center opened on time at 5:00a.m. this morning. • Morning classes were cancelled. • Afternoon classes are on a normal schedule. A determination on evening classes will be made later today. • Parks crew is finishing up hand work around the tennis bubble to remove snow piled in the corners. • Izaak Walton Park is open, including the dog park. • Staff is clearing trails and sidewalks at Raflo, Robinson and Fox Ridge parks this morning. These parks are along walk-to-school routes. Additional parks will be cleared this afternoon. Parks snow clearing staff is on until 6:00p.m. this evening.


Police: • Traffic continued to be light and flowing without obstruction overnight and through the morning commute. • 2 Property Damage crashes have been reported and 1 disabled vehicle. • Officers assisted with traffic control for a tree down on Battlefield Parkway westbound at Balls Bluff Road last evening. Streets responded and the roadway was reopened within 30 minutes. • Staffing remains at normal levels and we are experiencing a normal volume of calls for service. Public Information Office: • Website and social media is up to date with closures and information.
Public Works: • All contractors have been released. • Primary roads are in good shape, have been pushed curb to curb and are wet. • Town crews are working the neighborhood streets to get them pushed as wide as possible today and cleaned to wet pavement. • The Town has one crew working on the Town sidewalk list and will coordinate with Parks and Recreation staff as the day progresses. • The Town will have a crew in over-night, starting at 3:00a.m. to deal with any refreeze and potential black ice issues. • Town staff is starting to get calls about driveways being plowed in and cars being plowed in that were along the street. Staff will not be going out to plow driveways or to move snow from around parked cars. Any calls that the administrative staff can’t deal with and request a supervisor to call, will be returned as time permits. • Buildings crews have Level 3A open on the Town parking garage and are working on clearing Level 3B. Balch sidewalks are clear as is the Police Department and Town Hall. Please use caution around Lassiter Way as crews will be dumping snow into waiting dump trucks. • The Snow Hotline has been deactivated.


Utilities: Utility Maintenance: • No issues or concerns – all operations are normal. Water Supply: • No issues or concerns – all operations are normal. Water Pollution: • No issues or concerns – all operations are normal.

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